Religious Life Staff
Welcome. The Religious Life Staff is made up of full-time and student staff members who are here to help you connect with your spiritual life, and to help you grow in your faith as your grow into your chosen path of study. ONU is related to The United Methodist Church, but we are here to help students of all faiths, or even no particular faith at all, as they explore the spiritual dimensions of college life.
Our Mission: As a Religious Life Staff, we are: Growing in Christ, Proclaiming the Good News and Reaching out in Fellowship to all.
Rev. Dr. David E. MacDonald
David was ordained as elder in the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2008. He has served churches in Niles, Marshallville, and Edison, Ohio, as well as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He is a graduate of Mount Union College, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as university chaplain, David coordinates Get Connected ONU, our online volunteer management system. David and his family attend Shawnee United Methodist Church in Lima, and he is an active member of the Ada Kiwanis Club. In his spare time, David likes to go camping and hiking, and taking his two dogs (Mack and Cheese) for walks around town. You might also see him driving his orange and black golf cart around Ada from time to time!
Advance Administrative Assistant
Jody has served as the administrative assistant in the Chaplain's Office since 2005. She supports Chaplain David in his work and cares for the daily activities of the Religious Life staff and leadership, as well as serving as the outreach coordinator for the outreach teams. Jody is a graduate of Northwestern Business College-Technical Center. She and her husband grew up in Allen County and attend St. John's LCMS Lutheran church near Wapakoneta. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a precious grandson. Jody enjoys being outside, from walking and biking to kayaking and gardening and she is rarely seen at home without her mini Australian Shepherd, Bandit, by her side
Ada Friends Coordinator
Austin is a fourth-year pharmacy student from Waterford, Ohio. Besides serving as the Ada Friends Coordinator on the Religious Life Staff, Austin is also involved in a variety of other student and professional organizations across campus including Habitat for Humanity, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and President's Club. Although he has a love for learning, he also enjoys spending time with his friends playing or watching sports in his free time. After college, Austin plans to explore the profession of pharmacy with the aspiration to one day own his own independent site
Community Relations Coordinator
Brittany is a senior Communication Studies and Multimedia Journalism major from Clarkston, Michigan. She has younger triplet sisters. Brittany has been singing since the age of seven and enjoys writing, reading and singing as loud as she can in her car.
Kaitlyn is a 2013 graduate of Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL. She is the oldest of 3 siblings. She's played slow-pitch softball for 9 years and loved playing shortstop and being in the middle of the action.Kaitlyn is a member of the Ohio Northern University Marching Band (ONUMB) and have been marching for a total of 7 years. In her very little free time she likes to binge watch TV shows on Netflix, read, and obsess over Captain America.
Tech Team Coordinator
Heather is from Springfield, Ohio, and came to Ohio Northern to study Engineering Education. Since being on campus she has gotten involved with many organizations including Merge, Society of Women Engineers, Concrete Canoe Paddling Team, and American Society of Engineering Education.
Elizabeth is a junior biology/pre-occupational therapy major who loves watching movies, like the Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Gladiator, and playing the piano. She has an obsession with buying posters - her roommate can't take her anywhere. She loves Italian and Mexican food, and her favorite TV shows (which take up all her spare time) are Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Supernatural. She doesn't read music, but still somehow managed to take cello lessons through the music department during my sophomore year (and serve as the Chapel Music Coordinator)!